depression and strattera?????????????

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Registered: 03-27-2003
depression and strattera?????????????
Tue, 09-02-2003 - 8:57pm
Is it just us or is anyone else seeing depression/phobias in their children who are taking Strattera?

I don't know if it's the change in medicine or other issues that are causing her depressions and fears lately.

Thanks for letting me know.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Tue, 09-02-2003 - 10:28pm
Strattera has anti depressant qualities, but it can also mess with someone who has a mood disorder. Of course each child reacts to meds differently, so if it gets worse, or is bothersome call the doc. Some of the meds we tried for my son made him very phobic. It may not be the right med for your child. Keep a journal and write down what your seeing. This will help you describe to the doc what is going on & also help to pinpoint if it is at a certain time, like when the med is wearing off.
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Registered: 03-28-2003
Wed, 09-03-2003 - 2:14pm

How long has she been on the strattera? Also, is she on any other meds? A lot of doctors will give a child both a stimulant and strattera. Keep in mind these drugs work on two different parts of the brain.

Also, on a very personal note, a few years back my husband was very sick. Honestly, I thought he might die. It took the doctors months to figure it out. I had just had my second child, so what should have been a great time, well, wasn't. I got depressed. My doctor put me on Prozac (very similar to strattera). Before it kicked in, it actually made me worse! My df, who is a PA, told me this is called a paradoxical effect. She and my doctor encouraged me to stick with the Prozac, which I did. It turned out to be wonderful.

We give our son strattera, and right before it kicked in, he became a bit aggressive and in quite a surly mood. To the point I went to his doctor and said "enough already, take him off", but my doctor said to stick with it. We did, and now I can say nothing but positive things about the strattera. He is calm, happy, and his self-esteem is so much better.

That's my story, but you need to talk to her doctor and decide what you think is right for her!



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Registered: 03-25-2003
Fri, 09-05-2003 - 10:03am
I haven't noticed much depression on SD's part, well not any more than she had before. I'll have to monitor her a little more closely.

It's interesting that others are picking up on this.